By Alan McGinty
Pairing wine and movies is a natural, kid. But if you want to make your mark on the match, go for wines made by actors and directors. There are lots of them out there, many come and go like extras. Look for those with star quality, like these five.
2009 Dan Aykroyd Riesling, V.Q.A. Ontario
Several years ago, Ontario native Dan Aykroyd invested $1 million in Niagara Cellars, a collection of wineries that includes Thomas & Vaughan, East Dell Estates, Lakeview Estates and Birchwood Estates. Pair this zippy, lime-fresh Riesling with The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters or Saturday Night Live. 101857 $11.70 Score: 85/100.
2008 Closson Chase Chardonnay, Prince Edward County, Ontario
A stunning wine: truly one of Canada’s best Chardonnays! This Prince Edward County winery is owned by Seaton McLean, the founder of Alliance Atlantis Communications and his actress wife Sonja Smits, of Street Legal fame. Hazelnut and toasted almonds with green apple goodness shining through. 148866 $29.95 Score: 93/100.
2009 Momo Sauvignon Blanc Seresin Estate, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
New Zealand director Michael Seresin makes spectacularly great wines in his homeland. This sauvignon is lightly grassy and herbal Fresh and fun. A great bottle to crack open when you’re watching Midnight Express, Angel Heart or Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 9167 $18.95 Score: 89/100.
2009 Babich Pinot Noir, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Another New Zealander, actor and director Sam Neill, makes a top-notch pinot noir at his Two Paddocks. However, it’s currently not available in the LCBO, so try this admirable body double from Babich, with juicy cherries and plums. Drink it with Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, The Piano and The Omen. 216 $19.95 Score: 90/100.
2008 Francis Ford Coppola Zinfandel, California
Zingy and savoury with fleshy ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas. Balanced, supple, smooth and wonderful. Pair with barbecued ribs, beef brisket and The Godfather II or Dracula. 708289 $21.95 Score: 90/100.
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